Seagar’s Dan Drake earns certified sommelier distinction

Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood recently announced Bar Manager Dan Drake as the restaurant’s newest certified sommelier. Destin’s only AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant, Seagar’s is widely regarded by wine connoisseurs and recently won its ninth consecutive ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator magazine.

“We applaud Dan’s dedication in earning the coveted title of certified sommelier and sharing his passion and expertise in wine with our guests at Seagar’s,” said Gary Brielmayer, general manager of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. “It’s an honor to have one of just a very few certified sommeliers in Northwest Florida at our restaurant.”

Administered by the Court of Master Sommeliers, the world’s leading authority on service, the certified sommelier examination Drake passed in February consists of a blind tasting of two wines, a written theory examination and a practical service examination.

SimpleHR's new director of first Impressions

SimpleHR has announced Jennifer Johnston as its front desk operations/receptionist and the official “director of first impressions”. She is directly responsible for the day to day front desk operations which include inventory management, departmental communications and customer service administration. She handles the processing of all client new hires and their paperwork. 

 “The director of first impressions is an important role for SimpleHR as it is the voice and image of our company," said Dave Jefferson, SimpleHR vice president. "Jennifer’s personality and experience makes her a perfect fit for this position."

Johnston loves being on the water or at the beach and enjoys spending time with her husband, Caleb. 

“I am so excited to be joining the SimpleHR team, the company has such a family friendly environment and am looking forward to being the director of first impressions.” said Johnston. 

Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program achieves certification

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.The certification award recognizes the Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with joint replacement," said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Mary K. Kraemer accepts position with Florida State Senate

Mary K. Kraemer, formerly Of Counsel with Matthews & Jones, LLP, has accepted a position with the Florida State Senate. A graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, Kraemer had been Of Counsel with the firm for more than 12 years. In her new role, she will serve as general counsel to the Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida State Senate. Her experience and knowledge gained in three decades of practice in Northwest Florida will no doubt prove invaluable to our elected leaders in Tallahassee.

“Mary Kraemer are I attended the Florida State University College of Law together from 1978-1981,” said Dana C. Matthews, senior partner in the firm. “Mary’s sage advice and dedication to her clients over the years will be missed.  However, we are happy for her and the Florida Senate gains a stellar attorney.”

Edward Jones top firm in training

The financial services firm Edward Jones once again has been named a top firm for training, ranking No. 12 on Training magazine's 2013 Training Top 125 list and winning special recognition for an innovative branch-training program, according to Edward Jones financial advisors in the Destin area.

Edward Jones has been honored as a top training company for 13 years in a row, dating back to the debut of the Training Top 50 in 2001. For 2013, Edward Jones was the top-ranked national brokerage on the list.

The firm has consistently earned high marks as an employer of choice in other national rankings. For the 14th year, Edward Jones was named one of FORTUNE magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For 2013." The firm took the No. 8 overall spot on the prestigious list, also was named to the No. 3 spot for large companies and was the highest ranking financial-services  firm.

For the fourth straight year, Edward Jones financial advisors ranked the firm Highest in Employee Advisor Satisfaction among Financial Investment Firms, according to the 2012 study by J.D. Power and Associates.